A story behind: As I hustled down to the river and set up my D700 and 16-35, I already had an idea in my mind of how I wanted to compose the image: the foreground with stone stairs, long exposure time to soften the water and three lighthouses on the horizon. My lens already had my polarizer and I added the 3-stop soft-step ND Grad to balance the exposure of the bright areas of the sky with the pastel colored sea in the shaded foreground.
From the south the moisture-soaked clouds were approaching and the sky was lighting up for the sunset. I set my camera with the remote and sit on the stairs enjoying the view.
Gear: Nikon D700. Nikkor 16-35 mm. Polarizer. 3-stop soft-step ND Grad.
Shutter speed: 30 sec
Exposure bias: 0 EV
Focal Length: 22 mm
Place taken ( map ): Porto, Portugal.
Date Taken: Thursday, March 15th, 2012, 18: 45